DESPITE living in a plush Chelsea flat and wearing fabulous frocks to celebrity dos, Diana Vickers said she misses finding a bargain at Accrington Market.
The singing sensation, who reached the semi final of last year’s X Factor, stars in Jim Cartwright's revival of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice in London’s West End.
But Diana, 18, said she gets homesick from time-to-time.
Diana said: "Oh, there are so many things. I miss popping into a cafe for coffee, and Huncoat, and getting an amazing dress or something from Accrington Market for nothing. And I miss the northern pace and how people are."
Homesickness aside, Diana said she enjoys performing on stage. She plays the shy Little Voice, who spends her days listening to records of singing greats including Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield.
Diana said: "I’ve really mastered each of their styles. The show is fantastic.
"I still get so nervous before the shows. Nerves are nerves, whether it’s singing for 12m people or singing in the West End. But I can handle it at the moment. The stage is great because I know what I am doing each night with each performance and have routine."
She has also been a regular at celebrity bashes including Cheryl Cole’s birthday party and has hung out with Take That’s Mark Owen who penned the show's finale.
Diana said: "It’s amazing. The parties are so glamorous. I was with Mark Owen the other day, which was a laugh but then last night I was with my mum and auntie who travelled down to the see the show. I try to go to my local pub and keep things real."
Last year's X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and runners up JLS have both had chart success but Diana insisted it is more important to her to become a credible artist when her album is released.
Diana added: "I would love to be like Florence And The Machine, who are known for theirmusic. I’ve co-written every song on the album so it's very close to me."